Scorching in a gunshot wound – Forensic MCQ

Scorching results from?
A. The flame emerging from the muzzle
B. Grains of gunpowder being driven into the skin
C. Superficial deposit of smoke on the skin
D. Deposition of lead or other metal in the skin

Correct answer: A. The flame emerging from the muzzle

  • Peppering – Grains of gunpowder being driven into the skin.
  • Smudging – Superficial deposit of smoke on the skin.
  • Lead ring / Metal ring around entry wound – Deposition of lead or other metal in the skin.

Ref: Textbook of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, V. V. Pillay, 14th edition, p161.

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